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I thought I’d pop in with just a few pictures from my brother-in-law’s wedding last weekend, for which my sweet new sister-in-law (who is a GEM, btw) had asked me to help with flowers and a cake. These are the sort of crazy projects I love taking on, so I had a blast.
My sister-in-law (Sister Louise Marie) and I joined forces for the flowers — I ordered what turned out to be a ton of flowers from Sam’s Club online (which proved to be the best deal when I was looking this time around, and the roses were beautiful), and she gathered hydrangeas from a friend’s house and a literal truckload of greenery from around the convent.
We spent several hours on Thursday prepping everything and then on Friday made one bridal bouquet, one for Our Lady, seven for bridesmaids, four for flower girls, twelve boutonnieres, five corsages, and decorated my in-law’s barn. It was a marathon, made possible by my mom whisking away the big kids for most of the day and, as you can see, a multitasking Sister.
The only photos I have of the finished flowers are the ones I quickly snapped after dropping the bouquets off on the table at my in-law’s the morning of the wedding. They used pink and white roses and spray roses, plus a few pink peonies for the bridal bouquet, baby’s breath, lavender, and lots of greens from the gardens.
I also contributed two of the flower girls, though all four of them were top-notch.
The cake was not a full-fledged wedding cake — the bride and groom had cookies too, for dessert, so they just wanted a cake to cut and to supplement the dessert. They requested a Chocolate Hoosier Cake, a favorite in my husband’s family (I’ve talked about this family favorite before and promised the recipe — here’s me upping the talking and promising!).
The only other instructions I was given were to, if possible, make it look “not just like a birthday cake.” So I used 1.5x my usual amount of the batter, making three eight-inch layers instead of the usual two nine-inch ones. A ton of frosting and a few of the wedding flowers, and it looked lovely.
For the record, and since I often find that I only remember these things later if I write them down on the blog and can search for them later, I made the layers ahead of time, wrapped them well, and froze them. Then a few days from the wedding, I assembled and frosted the cake entirely, froze it until solid, then wrapped it and kept it frozen until the wedding morning.
I brought it to the reception site (my in-law’s beautiful barn) in a happily perfectly sized styrofoam cooler, set it up on its table, and then actually just popped the cooler over it upside-down so it could slowly defrost until the reception. This worked great, despite a warm, humid day. And flowers are great for covering flaws!
On to our links!
- The one problem with this wedding was that, at four months postpartum and nursing a four-month-old (funny how that works), I had no-thing to wear. Despite looking in stores around here as well as clicking on every bit of targeted advertising that came my way (result: my feeds are now entirely full of floral dresses), resulting in me looking at every single nursing-friendly dress on the Internet, I rolled into wedding week empty-handed. In one last attempt to find something to wear that was neither obviously maternity nor the one seasonally inappropriate dress I wore to the last two big events in my husband’s family, I started browsing on Amazon. I ended up buying a dress in two prints in two sizes each (just in case… free returns, right?), and lo! I loved them. Cute, forgiving, flattering, sleeves for church, nursing-friendly (it’s a flowy maxi, so could definitely work for most of pregnancy, too), under $30, POCKETS. I would love it more if it were cotton, but beggars can’t be choosers, and apparently I count as a beggar in the dress-buying world. So here, for the collective memory, is the dress I wore to the wedding, in case you want to be twins with me (affiliate links, thank you!). If you click around the related links while you’re there, you’ll find a lot more in the same genre, like the one my sister-in-law wore (desperate nursing mothers think alike!), this floral one, or this one with stripes. I know that Deirdre just ordered a few others to try out for her brother-in-law’s upcoming wedding.
- Auntie Leila actually visited St. Stanislaus in Milwaukee when she spoke in that city recently, thanks to a tour from her host. This wonderful tour-by-drone gives you all sorts of views of a church built by immigrant Poles that has been rescued from the worst 70’s wreckovation (including the removal of stunning, irreplaceable stained glass that is now being restored — you can see some of the garish contempo ones that are still in place).
- For the poetry lovers (and high school students) among us (or for those who need a little convincing): Burns in Glory – an appreciation of one of the greatest, Robbie Burns.
- I would embed this little video if I could (file under: what is the internet for, anyway — answer: cats-being-schooled-by-birds videos).
- Have you ever been on this super scary bridge? I have and it’s Not Okay.
- We have a map- (and indeed fact-) oriented person in our midst — Pippo. He’s six but he knows that Alaska — even on this excellent map, highly recommended — is not to scale, but is actually bigger than Texas. So… how big is Texas?
Today in the Liturgical Year: St. Mary Magdalene! “The feast of St. Mary Magdalene is considered one of the most mystical of feasts, and it is said that of all the songs of the saints, that of Mary Magdalene is the sweetest and strongest because her love was so great. That love was praised by Jesus Himself who said that because much was forgiven her, she loved much.”
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- Just in case you didn’t realize it’s up there on the menu bar: 10 FAQs about Auntie Leila.
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